Michael Yip – Director of Maintenance
Michael Yip (AKA Yippy) is currently the Director of Maintenance overseeing the Engineering Division of Becker Helicopters, including 20 helicopters and 15 Engineers and support staff.
Skills and Experience
Michael Yip started his aviation career in 1977, as a 1st year apprentice for the Australian dealer of the Cessna Aircraft Company. He was 1 of 4 selected from over 250 applicants. During the subsequent 4 years of training he was exposed to many facets of the aircraft maintenance industry, including accounts, stores, tooling, document control, spray painting, and in avionics.
Eventually he was moved into helicopters, his mentors being the original pioneers of the Australian helicopter engineers, and this experience became the basis for over 30 years of specialized helicopter maintenance. At year 5, he was hired to replace a touring engineer, supporting medium twin engine helicopters used to support the oil exploration industry.
The loss of this contract required a change of employer, eventually working for the distributor of Hughes Helicopters (now MD Helicopters) and Aerospatiale (now Airbus Helicopters). Around this time was the infancy of the Emergency Medical Services, Electronic News Gathering, and Para-military helicopter usage. Modifications and specialized equipment installation and fit outs became the priority.
He gained his FAA Airframe and Powerplant certificate in 1988, and his CASA Licence in 1993. In 1997 he was appointed as Chief Engineer for a single man facility, utilizing contractors as needed for a 5 helicopter, 2 base operations, and later as Chief Engineer to a specific maintenance company.
He was later appointed the status of being a technical representative for Boeing (now MD) Helicopters and Schweizer Helicopters, and the Authorized Distributorship for the company.
In 2004 he accepted the position of Maintenance Controller and Chief Engineer for the local Helicopter Rescue service. During this time, he helped design a new hangar, purchase 3 twin engine IFR helicopters, implement operational and safety processes to cope with the move into IFR operations maintenance planning and budgeting.
In 2009, Becker Helicopters offered him an opportunity to consolidate their maintenance. He developed the processes and accountability required for the company, including sound maintenance practises, and strategies for pro-active and preventative maintenance. Along the way he mentored 3 apprentices and over 20 maintenance personnel. He is currently assisting in building Becker Helicopters own simulator technology.